Sunday 9:00am & 11:00am
18842 Teller Ave., Irvine, CA 92612
Hello! I’m Stephanie, the Saddleback Kids Director for Saddleback Irvine South. When I think of children’s ministry, I get so excited because I truly believe in the potential of this ministry to not only influence a child, but to impact the family and in turn the church and the community. What we do for a child has a far greater ripple effect than just what we do on Sundays or during small groups; it connects to how we empower parents as the spiritual leaders of their home and leverage the influence of the church to be a light to the community and the world. Children’s ministry is so important, and I feel so privileged to get to equip leaders and journey with families to support them through their different seasons of life and ministry.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Jeff, and have 5 amazing daughters. We enjoy spending time together as a family and you can often find us out on the hiking trail, at the beach, or by the pool! My favorite movie is “The Sound of Music” and find it interesting that God has given me my own version of a “VonTrapp family”! In my free time, I love to read and create with my hands so you may bump into me at a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby store near you (Don’t forget to say hi if you do!).
My background is in education, where I have been a teacher and university professor for the past 17 years. I love how God has opened the door for me to transition into ministry while still allowing me to take a lot of the experiences, skills, and lessons learned to bless the church. In addition, I have served in various ministry roles over the past 20 years, including serving overseas in India for 2 years, leading small groups, mentoring students, and serving in children’s ministry.
One of my favorite things about Saddleback Irvine South is the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the many committed ministry leaders and volunteers who tirelessly work to build a strong spiritual community. It really is a family atmosphere where you can feel at home, and you can tell that people are working hard to strengthen and build up that culture.
I am so thankful for the SK ministry and the leaders who serve in it because they are committed to connecting with kids, connecting them to one another, and connecting them to God. Our ministry leaders make every effort to know kids by name and need and to make them feel welcome and a part of the fun. It’s a joy to see them use their gifts to bless the kids and families of Irvine South.
Come by and check us out at Saddleback Irvine South! We would love to see you!